Mexico: Government Will Reject Unilateral US Immigration Policies, Foreign Minister Says

The Mexican government, in announcing that Tillerson and Kelly would visit this week, said the point was to keep up efforts to develop "a respectful, close and constructive relationship between the countries".

Tillerson and Kelly are in Mexico to meet with high-level Mexican officials, including President Enrique Peña Nieto.

"I want to say clearly and emphatically that the government of Mexico and the Mexican people do not have to accept provisions that one government unilaterally wants to impose on the other", he told reporters at the Foreign Ministry. "Rising nationalism there will make compromises with the United States all the harder as Mexico looks toward its own 2018 presidential race".

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Even as Tillerson and Kelly traveled south (Kelly is stopping in Guatemala first), Mexico's leaders made it clear that they're not thrilled with the Trump administration's latest moves.

The trip follows the Trump administration's announcement Tuesday of major changes to the enforcement of immigration law at the border of Mexico and in the USA that make nearly anybody in the US illegally subject to deportation at any time.

Homeland Security plans to hire 10,000 ICE agents and build new detention facilities along the southwest border, and more immigration judges and staff will be hired to speed up cases. He hinted that Mexico might seek to challenge Trump's move at the United Nations or in other worldwide bodies.

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"We have been a great ally to fight problems with migration, narcotics", warned Mexico's economy secretary Ildefonso Guajardo in an interview with Canadian newspaper the Globe and Mail.

Pena Nieto has vowed to defend Mexico's interests and called for respect from the United States.

22 that his government will reject new US immigration proposals he called "unilateral" and would consider making an appeal to the United Nations, Reuters reported. Among the issues they will discuss are border security, trade and law enforcement, said the statement.

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Canada's government should not throw Mexico "under the bus", said former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, who also spoke at the same event.


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